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Personal and trivial I’ve been out of sorts the last few weeks; my guess is that the gloomy weather (darkness) and cold weather (snow, again…albeit light snow) has me down a bit. Oh yes, the spouse has been gone, and her return is an adjustment. But there ARE things to look forward to: football this weekend, basketball tomorrow night and I do have some NFL games this December.

The roads are a bit slick outside.

Workout: weights; usual PT stuff with plank at the end, pull ups (15-15-10-10), bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, incline: 7 x 145, decline: 8 x 165, military 9 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45 standing, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Weight: 189.6 before. getting there, even though I am not training.

November 13, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, weight training | Leave a comment

Catch up on personal stuff

Interesting evenings. Wednesday: Bradley basketball vs. D-2 Wisconsin Parkside. BU raced out to a 12-0 lead; it took Parkside 5:20 to score. Eventually, they came back to make it a 2 point game at 28-26, but BU took better care of the ball to lead 40-28 at the half. In the second, the lead built to 69-42 with 5 minutes to go before BU cruised in to a 74-58 win. The defense looked sharp at first, but BU did have some trouble with turnovers and did give them some open looks at the 3.

I love all of the colors when the teams are out there warming up.

Early action.

Yesterday, I figured that I’d have a lazy evening. But in the morning, Ms. Vickie called and said she had an extra ticket for Chicago. So I went…and wow…they put on a show.

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Chicago!

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Theresa and Jim at the Chicago concert.

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Above: Ms. V and me; below: Mama T and Jim.

The first half was mostly Chicago II; the second half had many of their hits. Most of the band is intact, but not all. I saw them when they played at the Naval Academy in the late 1970’s.

Workout notes: Thursday: 5.1 mile Cornstalk Hill walk in 1:12:28; I was 35:40 half way and took 36:48 for the return leg (14:08 finish for the final 1.03 let; 13:50 out). But of course, the return leg is net uphill so I’d expect the return to be slightly slower.

Today: weights only (late night) rotator cuff, plank, head stand, 15-15-10-5-5 pull ups, bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 190, 2 x 185, 7 x 170 bench (slightly sore left shoulder), military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, 10 x 40, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell. I moved through the sequence quickly.

Note: I am now at 189.3 (before the workout); the lightest I’ve been in a while. And I haven’t started long training yet.

November 9, 2018 Posted by | basketball, Friends, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

No, I don’t like everyone I vote for

This is about two things:

1. Yes, I can understand people voting for Trump despite not liking many things about him.
2. Yes, I voted for candidates that I didn’t care for…even this time around.

This time around, I voted for a candidate who shoplifted and whose campaign misrepresented her educational background (they claim it was an unintentional mistake). I also voted for an unqualified rich guy. And I voted for an intellectually vapid spewer of boring boilerplate cliches; someone who was the handpicked choice of the party machine.

They were the best available in their respective races, period. I didn’t love them.

I suppose my point is that voting often requires that one take a healthy does of pink bismuth first.

Workout notes: weights only this morning; rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups (ok), 10 x 135 4 x 185 bench, 10 x 140 incline, 8 x 165 decline, 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 180 machine military, 3 sets of 10 x 110 rows, plank, headstand. Later: yoga with Ms. Vickie.

November 6, 2018 Posted by | politics, politics/social, weight training | Leave a comment

Workout catch-up and some sports

Workout notes: 31 October: 6 mile (6.3 actually) walk in the morning; later yoga with Ms. V. 1 November; untimed 5.1 mile run; saw some of the women’s track team doing hill repeats. 2 November: weights; kind of off. Pull ups: ok; 5 sets of 10. bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 185, 3 x 185, incline: 6 x 150, decline: 10 x 160, military: 8 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 45, 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. plank, bow, head stand, etc.

I weighed 191.3 this morning..still a bit bloated.

I’ve been kind of off mentally. I drove myself crazy trying to derive Snell’s law from the “least time path” principle of light travel; had to remind myself to look at the triangle and then deduce the “sines of the angles of incidence ratio is equal to the ratio of the speeds through the medium” from that.

Sports: I saw Bradley handle Carroll University (D-3) 81-31; it was 27-5 early and never got more competitive than that. The team played smothering defense almost the whole way.

Tonight: I caught Bradley Volleyball’s 3 set loss to ranked Northern Iowa; better team won though our team fought hard.

November 3, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

What are we doing to our students?

There is some truth to this. It appears, at times, that we want to shield our students from any sort of discomfort whatsoever. Now of course, there are limits; after all, there is a difference between encouraging someone to, say jump in the pool and learn to swim..and just letting them drown.

In sports: run too much and you get injured. But stay within you comfort zone at all times means “no gains.”

And yes, civility has to be taught as well. But this coddling the students from ideas…oh my.

Check out the responses! Oh my….I wonder if there is a non-colonial way of solving y'' + y =e^t, y(0) = 1, y'(0) = 2 .

Workout notes: yesterday, weights only; pull ups: 15-10-10-10-10 (55), rotator cuff, bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, incline: 10 x 140, decline: 8 x 165, military: dumbbell 6 x 50 standing (ugly), 10 x 45 standing, barbell 10 x 85, machine: 10 x 180, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110, plank (sucks), side plank, headstand. weight: 191.6 before.

today: untimed 10K run (Cornstalk 5.1 plus 1.25 lower loop); great weather.

October 30, 2018 Posted by | free speech, running, social/political, weight training | , | Leave a comment

I felt good…what is wrong?

Workout notes first weights: pull ups were 5-5-5, 5-5-5, 10, 10. rotator cuff, etc. bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170, decline: 10 x 165, military: standing dumbbell: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Then headstand, 2:30 plank, side plank, etc.

Then running on the treadmill..didn’t feel good at first but 5.3-5.4, increased speed to 20 minutes,then 6.7 to mile 2, then 6.8-6.9-7.0-7.1 (8:38 mile, 29:54 for 3, 30:42 for 3.11) then walk/jog to 3.3, then run to 41:02 for 4 miles. I actually felt…good?

I think that recovery is coming along nicely.

October 18, 2018 Posted by | running, weight training | Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton’s “me too” comments (re: Bill). Correct, but bad politics.

Well, at least Hillary Clinton has retired from the political arena. Some are up in arms about what she said about Bill Clinton’s affair and its relation to “me too”.

Frankly: I think she is correct and …what she said would be bad politics, ..ok, is bad politics..provided she still cares about such things.

Yes, Bill Clinton did wrong; he DID have authority and was obligated to resist a sexual advance, flirtation, overtures, whatever.

Yes, he was, in my eyes, guilty of sexual misconduct.

BUT…in my opinion, if “me too” is to have any meaning at all, it has to be about people (ok, women) getting unwanted sexual advances.

If the woman (or the subordinate employee) is an adult and initiates the advance, or sends signals, etc., then while there still might be sexual misconduct, it is no longer “me too”.

I really do not think it is too much to say “if you don’t want the man to respond to you sexually, do not make a sexual overture.”

Of course, much of the “me too” crowd will reject what I said. So be it.

But Hillary Clinton’s “correct” answer wasn’t well received by the liberal base…and anyone with political savvy could easily predict that.

Workout notes:
Yesterday: weights only. rotator cuff, pull ups (15-15-10-10), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, military: 2 sets of 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 90 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. abs: 2:30 plank, headstand, side plank. Today: 3 mile run: 11 minutes for 1 mile (could not sustain 6.7 mph at 10 min), 22:15 for 17 laps (lane 2) of the track: 10:40/10:20..got tired, 2 mile walk outside.
Weight: 190.5 before. But I am still “in the recovery phase>”

October 17, 2018 Posted by | politics, politics/social, running, social/political, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Missing a few days

Just recording my (very ordinary) workouts:

Tuesday: 4 mile run/walk: 3 mile run on the treadmill (22:11, 34:01 (run/walk final mile)
Wednesday: sleepy as I was dragged to The Lion King the night before; 4 mile Cornstalk classic walk.
Thursday: weights only; 5 sets of 10 pull ups, bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 185, 3 x 185, incline: 10 x 140, decline: 6 x 170, military press: dumbbell: 2 set of 10 x 45 standing (missed with 50), 10 x 160 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110
abs (2:30 plank)

Weight: 190.6 before (on Thursday)

October 12, 2018 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

I now have a list of “scroll past” words…

Much of the “discussion” I see online…especially on Twitter..is a collection of memes, cliches and slogans. It has gotten to the point to where, if I see those “buzz words”, I just scroll past. And if someone I do not already know (and like) tweets them to me, “instant block”. No, I won’t list them.

Workout notes: yesterday, easy, untimed run in Bradley Park (dark); 5.2 miles. Today: 2 mile walk on the track after a full weight workout:
rotator cuff, abs (plank, and some twist crunch and head stand): pull up (5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185 (good), incline: 6 x 150, decline: 8 x 170 (good), military: 2 sets of dumbbell (standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 90 machine, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 60 dumbbell.

October 6, 2018 Posted by | running, social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Seeing it their way….

The Kavanaugh hearings has reopened some of the scars in our social fabric. Of course, I am hearing the old “how awful he is” stuff (and I tend to agree that he lacks the demeanor and temperament to be on the SCOTUS, and I deeply resent Sen. McConnell bellowing on about the politics of obstruction, when, in fact, he wrote the book on it).

But I think it is useful to remember that the set up the Senate gives vastly disproportionate power to smaller, mostly more conservative states and, on the average, conservatives have a different view.

Yes, even conservative women have a different view of the proceedings; many see them as deeply unfair to Kavanaugh. And, many see Ford as having political motivation…as either lying or exaggerating in order to help defeat the nomination. Hence they do not see Trump’s mocking of her testimony as mocking a victim, but rather the mocking of a dishonest political opponent who tried to pull a fast one on them. You see, to them, Trump had the “guts” to stand up to the feminist activists and tell them “forget about it…we see through you.”

And, to be honest, I think that there ARE problems with the #metoo movement, some of which are outlined here (and respectfully discussed; this isn’t some hateful hit piece).

The country is not monolithic and the people that we do not regularly associate with probably think differently than us.

Workout notesweights only; no yoga.

usual rotator cuff, back, plank (sucked) and headstand afterward.

pull ups: 5-5-5, 15, 10, 10, incline: 10 x 135, 6 x 150, decline: 6 x 170, military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, 10 x 90 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. It was “quick and dirty”.

October 4, 2018 Posted by | political/social, republicans, social/political, weight training | 1 Comment